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Denmark to impose tight regional lockdown after spread of mink coronavirus mutation

FILE PHOTO: Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen delivers her opening speech during the official opening of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 6, 2020. Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS/File Photo

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Thursday a hard lockdown will be imposed in seven municipalities in northern Denmark after a mutation of the coronavirus that was found in mink had spread to humans.

Bars, restaurants, all public indoor sport activities and public transport will be shut in the municipalities concerned, and people are being encouraged not to travel to and from the region, she said at a news conference.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Hugh Lawson